How we hate pauses, delays, silence…. We want everything to happen NOW… We pray “God give us patience, but give it to us NOW”! Well, ok… we may not do that always but is it apt to say we do this most of the time… We simply do not like waiting, we simply do not like inactivity, we simply do not like not having noise around us… In fact many of us begin to talk with someone or turn on the radio or television because silence bothers us or even perhaps makes us insecure.
Recently – the regular readers of this blog know about this – God led me to a small town – perhaps even ‘village’ in Maharashtra, India. I was really scared as I only had one contact and that too was not one I could stay with. Nothing was organised and funds were minimal and I took a step of faith trusting God was taking me to this unfamiliar territory for a purpose. When I got there, my contact helped me check in a hotel and I stayed there for about 5 days. Not only were my limited funds running out, I was scared as well – females alone are not really viewed well in these parts of the world. No accommodation seemed to open up and doors were closing (the blog post on REVOLVING DOORS touches on this aspect of my mission trip in detail).
I was clinging to the Feet of Jesus – trusting in the divine intervention of the Heavenly Father and trusting that the Holy Spirit had indeed led me here to fulfill God’s plan. The waiting was not easy at all… However, God did not leave me nor forsake me… A door opened to stay with His children – a loving family who embraced me with awesome hospitality.
Waiting is an important factor between each stage of our life… Imagine a mother having conceived a baby wants the baby immediately, wanting to skip the seemingly long 9 months of pregnancy? God is able to create a baby instantly – He did create Adam like that didn’t He? But God has chosen a waiting time for the pregnant mother… It’s a stage of preparation.
Our spiritual walk is not much different… Samuel gave a few instructions to Saul as to what he should do just then. Following that Samuel told him,
“Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” – 1 Samuel 10:8
Saul had to wait not one, not two, not three but SEVEN days before he was told what he should do next. Samuel could have easily given all the instructions at once, but he didn’t. There are many more examples of God leading people somewhere and asking them to wait a while before He reveals the next steps. Habakkuk prophesied,
Through Isaiah, God promises us:
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! – Isaiah 30:18
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him”
– Isaiah 64:4